Save the Dates for Crossing Borders: an Arts Journalism Conference Sept 21-25, 2020

We’re excited to share details for our upcoming, third annual, arts journalism conference, set to occur online Sept 21-25. The conference is virtual, the insights are real.

This year’s conference theme is Crossing Borders, and features workshops taught by experts including Hrag Vartanian (Hyperallergic Editor in Chief), Carolina Miranda (LA Times Culture Critic), Soraya McDonald (Undefeated Culture Critic) and Anying Guo (Washington Post Arts), and keynotes by Michael Bolden (Annenberg), Maura Judkis (Washington Post), Ebone Bell (Tagg) and Paul Schmelzer (Walker).

All session will occur on zoom. The panels and keynotes will be recorded and later streamed to social media.

The workshops will not be recorded, or live streamed, and are capped at 15 attendees.

To attend via zoom registration is required. Individuals attending via zoom will be able to participate in discussions, and chat.

Registration is not yet live. Join the conference group — 150 members so far! — to be notified when registration goes live. Join us to share your perspective on how arts journalists interpret and create culture.

Below is a detailed day-by-day agenda including seven exceptional roundtable discussions with moderators Jennifer Mitchell, Michael Kerry Williams, Angela N Carroll, Sean Murphy, and Ebone Bell. All events are free, with some spots reserved for staff of partnering student and professional publications. A huge THANK YOU to the conference planning committee, which has been meeting at least monthly since January to plan and produce the upcoming conference.

To learn more about Day Eight’s paid Arts Journalism Fellowship and to apply visit:


Monday September 21

1:00-2:00 Opening plenary including discussants Kayla Randall (Washington City Paper), Sharmilla Ganesan (Malaysia Star), Lenny Campello (DC Art News)

2:15-3:45 Arts writing workshop with Hrag Vartanian (Editor, Hyperallergic)

4:00-5:00 Review of International Arts with embassy cultural presenters

Tuesday September 22

1:00-2:15 Reviewing craft panel discussion with moderator Jennifer Mitchell (Editor, Renwick Quarterly)

2:30-3:30 Reviewing religious art panel discussion with moderator Michael Kerry Williams

3:45-5:15 Arts writing workshop with Anying Guo (Washington Post arts)

Wednesday September 23

1-2:15pm Black independent publication panel with moderator Angela N. Carroll

2:30-3:30pm Across cultures on campus panel with moderator Lydia Calitri

3:45-5:15pm Arts writing workshop with Soraya McDonald (Culture journalist, Undefeated)

Thursday September 24

1:00-2:30pm Arts writing workshop with Carolina Miranda (Culture journalist, LA Times)

2:45-3:55pm Reviewing poetry panel with moderator Sean Murphy (1455)

4:00-5:00pm Reviewing queer art discussion with moderator Ebone Bell (Tagg)

Friday September 25

1:00-3:00pm Keynote Session

Hosted by Mark Lieberman

Including presentation of an award for Service to the Arts to artist and printmaker Lou Stovall, presentation made by Kay Kendall (Chair, DC Arts Commission) and keynote speeches by:

Paul Schmelzer (Walker)
Michael Bolden (Annenberg)
Carolina Miranda (LA Times)
Maura Judkis (Washington Post)
Ebone Bell (Tagg)

Crossing Borders: an Arts Journalism Conference is presented by Day Eight through support from the Revada Foundation, EventsDC, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and individual donors. To make a donation in support please visit:

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